— Rudyard Kipling
— Paul Allen
— William Penn
…We are quick to forget that just being alive is an extraordinary piece of good luck, a remote event, a chance occurrence of monstrous proportions.
Imagine a speck of dust next to a planet a billion times the size of the earth. The speck of dust represents the odds in favour of your being born; the huge planet would be the odds against it. So stop sweating the small stuff. Don’t be like the ingrate who got a castle as a present and worried about the mildew in the bathroom. Stop looking the gift horse in the mouth – remember that you are a Black Swan.”— Nassim Taleb
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
— Howard Marks
Under Natural Law, to be valid, any law or court decision must agree with these 17 words. In one form or another, the 17 words go back at least 4,000 years, and are taught by all religions. I’ve never found an exception.
Made-up law is political. Whatever the lawmakers decide is right, or wrong, is right or wrong.
In democracies, the lawmaking privilege is owned by the majority. If the majority or their representatives decide to declare something right or wrong, then so be it. And, there is no limit to the laws the lawmakers can cook up. That’s why the federal government alone has 300,000 laws, and the average American commits three felonies per day. Felony means at least a year in prison.
’The more laws, the less justice,’ warned Roman lawyer Cicero, who died two years before the Republic did. ”— Richard Maybury
— Jessie Lichauco
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills; and you too are especially inclined to feel this desire. But this is altogether unphilosophical, when it is possible for you to retreat into yourself at any time you want.
There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind, especially if he has within himself the kind of thoughts that let him dip into them and so at once gain complete ease of mind; and by ease of mind, I mean nothing but having one’s own mind in good order. So constantly give yourself this retreat and renew yourself.
You should have at hand concise and fundamental principles, which will be enough, as soon as you encounter them, to cleanse you from all distress and send you back without resentment at the activities to which you return.Marcus Aurelius